Available Until 5/2/2028

From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health Information on the Internet*

For more information or to schedule this course, contact: Ashley Cuffia, acuffia@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

This online course covers the importance of evaluating health information on the Internet. Participants will learn how to evaluate using the following criteria: accuracy, authority, bias, currency and coverage.

This interactive course will introduce participants to issues surrounding the quality of health information resources on the internet. Participants will be provided with a set of recommended criteria to be used to evaluate health information websites.


  • Become familiar with unique issues surrounding health information on the internet.
  • Understand the nature of web-based resources and why people post information to the internet.
  • Evaluate health information web sites using a set of criteria provided so that you can determine whether or not the sites are trustworthy sources of health information.

Site URLhttps://nnlm.gov/classes/snake-oil-penicillin-evaluating-consumer-health-information-internet


  • Introduction - health information seeking behaviors
  • Types of websites and what makes health information unique
  • Five criteria for website evaluation
  • Examples of good and bad health websites
  • Exercises to practice evaluation

MLA CE Credits: 3